What's it all about?
“It Came from Berkeley: How Berkeley Changed the World”
is an amusing, touching, anecdote-filled, and colorfully
illustrated social history of Berkeley that shows how so
much of what makes America great got its start, or at least a
kick in the pants, in the often-maligned city of Berkeley.
This book suggests that, rather than existing outside of
America, Berkeley exists at its heart.
From its early years, Berkeley has pioneered much of what
is best about America. Berkeley pioneered public university
education, temperance as a force for families, and the
spiritual in art. Throughout its history, Berkeley’s leading
thinkers have defined the good life not as a life of wealth but
a life devoted to the arts and the betterment of their fellow
men and women.
Berkeley pioneered humane crime-fighting, decried corporal
punishment of children in the 1910s, helped create national
parks and helped invent the concept of regional open space
by taking part in the creation of the East Bay Regional Park
During the 1960s, when the world at large woke up to
Berkeley’s influence, young people associated with the
university defined free speech as a cause, and helped give
America a true counter-culture. Berkeley’s creation of
California cuisine a few years later only emphasizes what
Berkeley has always been about – a sophisticated, knowing
version of the good life.
Author of "It Came from Berkeley: How
Berkeley Changed the World," Gibbs
Smith, 2008, hardcover, 224 pages, more
than 100 photos. $24.99 US dollars.
Contact the author:
155 Ashbury Avenue
El Cerrito, CA, 94530
Dave Weinstein, author of the new book “It Came
from Berkeley: How Berkeley Changed the
World,” also wrote “Signature Architects of the
San Francisco Bay Area,” (Gibbs Smith) and the
text for “Berkeley Rocks: Building with Nature,”
(10 Speed Press) which features photos by
Dave also writes a popular series about Bay Area
architects for the San Francisco Chronicle’s Home
& Garden section, and writes about modern
architecture for CA Modern magazine, published
by the Eichler Network.
A longtime Bay Area journalist, Dave was a
reporter and editor at the Contra Costa Times.
A resident of El Cerrito for almost 30 years, Dave
initiated the successful effort to preserve El
Cerrito’s long abandoned Art Deco movie palace,
the Cerrito Theater, and is chairman of the
Friends of the Cerrito Theater.
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